First Lady Praises Husband's Leadership In Primetime Convention Address
First Lady Laura Bush also addressed the convention. In her remarks, Mrs. Bush referred to "the issue that I believe is most important for my own daughters, for all our families, and for our future: George's work to protect our country and defeat terror so that all children can grow up in a more peaceful world." She also declared, says USA Today, that President Bush "has led our country with strength and conviction," adding, "You can count on him in a crisis."
The speech received glowing reviews from network television commentators. On CBS, Dan Rather called her speech "heartfelt" and "effective," while NBC's Tom Brokaw noted her "calm and reassuring tone after the cheerleading speech of Arnold Schwarzenegger." ABC's Peter Jennings said the speech "really worked," analyst George Stephanopoulos called it "very effective." Also on ABC, correspondent Kate Snow said, "I saw a couple of women, in particular, tearing up as she spoke, I think, relating to her. They applauded when she said, 'He is still the same man I married way back when, and the man I met in Midland, Texas.' They really seemed to relate to her."
Bush Daughters Introduce First Lady With Humorous Remarks.
Mrs. Bush was introduced by her daughters Jenna and Barbara. The New York Times says they "strutted into it last night with a sassy, sexy serenade to their parents at the Republican National Convention, every wisecracking word broadcast live on national television. They spared no one. 'She thinks "Sex in the City" is something married people do, but never talk about,' Jenna, the blonde, razzed her grandmother, Barbara Bush. . . . Mrs. Bush's namesake, the brunette, said of her alma mater, 'When your dad's a Republican and you to go to Yale, you learn to stand up for yourself.' And dear old dad? Jenna Bush took Mr. Bush's words about his own youthful indiscretions as her punch line. 'We kept trying to explain to Dad that when we were young and irresponsible,' she said as Madison Square Garden erupted in cheers, 'well, we were young and irresponsible.'" The Times adds, "For a coming-out party, the girls were notably underdressed." The Washington Post notes "flash reviews were not good." Their appearance, said CNN political commentator Jeff Greenfield, "'was frankly, the one disappointing moment in the evening.' He predicted that 'whoever wrote that material will be walking the coast' in Alaska." The Post criticizes daughter Barbara's "myriad of questionably appropriate pop culture references." The New York Post says that for "much of their brief time on stage, the twins seemed to amuse themselves more than the crowd."